Even before the recent exchange of prisoners was suspended indefinitely, work was still continuing on building a new camp for Greek-Cypriot refugees near the British Air Force base at Episkopi on the southern coast of Cyprus.
Even before the recent exchange of prisoners was suspended indefinitely, work was still continuing on building a new camp for Greek-Cypriot refugees near the British Air Force base at Episkopi on the southern coast of Cyprus. Though the exchanges of prisoners have been suspended, the prisoners can at least expect to return home earlier than most of the refugees, whether they be Greeks or Turks.
On Wednesday (25 September), Mr. Ziya Mehmet Rizki, the leader of the 4,800 Turkish-Cypriots still sheltering in a camp near the Episkopi base, said he might be unable to hold "irresponsible elements" in check after next weekend, if Britain did not agree to let the refugees go to Turkey. Britain is said to be still considering demands to this effect from both the Turkish Government and the Turkish-Cypriot Administration.
The exchange of prisoners was suspended indefinitely bacause Turkish-Cypriots objected to Greek-Cypriots asking to be repatriated to the turkish-occupied north of the island.
The new camp for Greek refugees, being built near Episkopi, will house about four hundred families in tents mounted on concrete bases. Pipes are being laid for a supply of water to be laid on, and a doctor's surgery is also being built.
Most of the refugees who will live there are Greeks from the Kyrenia and Famagusta areas. The refugees are themselves providing the work-force for building the camp. The concrete tent bases and brick foodstores, will provide protection from the weather during the coming winter -- an indication that nobody expects these refugees to be going home soon.
The other camp near the British base houses the Turkish-Cypriot refugees. Because they want to either return to their homes in the north, or else be allowed to go to Turkey, there have been demonstrations against the British in the camp. Last week, three such demonstrations were held. In this camp also, concrete bases have been provided for the tents.